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Saturday, 10 Jun 2017 19:57 EATbmulu@kenyafreepress.com
A Kitui Central Constituency parliamentary candidate Paul Kitonga Daudi (NARC) has blasted the regions leaders for not assisting the local jua kali artisans. “There are so many ways through which you can progress but the problem is that the local leaders do not assist you towards achieving that,” he told the Kitui County jua kali artisans.
The candidate was speaking to the artisans during his meeting with them at the Kitui County Jua Kali Artisans Sheds in the town yesterday, where he pomised he would the county’s first leader to help the group if he sails through on August 8.
He asked the Kitui County jua kali artisans to write proposals to the Kenyan government’s National Industrial Training Authority to benefit from the authority. He told them that the NITA had an exchange programme that takes Kenyan artisans to Italy, Singapore and China for benchmarking for technology transfer from those countries.
“The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) should be recognising you as the jua kali people,” Daudi told the artisans. He told them that they can benefit from the funding from the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, National Youth Empowerment Programme (NYEP) and Kenya Industrial Research Development Authority (KIRDA) among many others through his leadership.
Daudi is battling it out with the incumbent Kitui Central MP Benson Makali Mulu (Wiper Democratic Movement), Bernard Mwendwa Munyasya (independent), Moses Banda (Jubilee), James Wambua (independent), Onesmus Kilonzo Mulwa (independent), Henry Malonza Musyoka Kituti (independent), Katunga Mbuvi (Maendeleo Chap Chap) and Japhet Musee Mwova (Muungano).
Addressing the function, the Kitui Jua Kali Artisans Association Chairman, Reuben Daudi, thanked Daudi for recognising them through his meeting with them. He highly thanked his fellow artisans for their unity and called upon them to continue up with the same spirit.
The artisans leader disclosed that currently their association has a total of about 400 members. The artisans unanimously threw their weight to Daudi in his bid for the Kitui Central Constituency parliamentary seat. And they assured him that they are going to be his foot soldiers.
“We are with you 100 per cent and we are going to make sure that you are our MP from August 8, 2017,” they told him.
Boniface is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Kitui County